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Against the backdrop of a beautiful view of Mount Monadnock, the First Church in Jaffrey holds its annual Fair on the first Wednesday in August from 1 to 4 pm with food available beginning 12:30, in this iconic New England village that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The First Wednesday in August
From 1 to 4 pm with food available beginning 12:30
106th SUMMER FAIR RETURNS AUG. 2 AT FIRST CHURCH IN JAFFREY
For more than 100 years, the First Church in Jaffrey has welcomed the Monadnock community to its annual Summer Fair. Naturally the festivities have changed over time, but the purpose remains the same – to offer wonderful food, activities for children, and a unique opportunity for families and visitors to walk and talk while browsing for treasures at bargain prices. Funds raised help support local social service organizations and scholarships for Conant HS graduates.
The 106th Fair falls on Wednesday, August 2, from 1 to 4. Picnic lunches with homemade sandwiches, fruit, cookies, chips, and a drink will be available at 12:30. A snack bar located on the corner of the Meetinghouse offers hot dogs, sodas, water, popcorn, and free watermelon beginning at 12:30. Admission is free, parking is ample, and places to sit, eat, and chat are scattered around the Common and First Church buildings.
The Fair features something for everyone! The venues include antiques and collectibles in the Meetinghouse, along with “white elephants.” The jewelry tables will be there, loaded with vintage pieces, craft silver earrings and necklaces, and collectable watches. The popular garden center beneath the trees on the Common features plants, tools, and unique decorative items. The furniture tent returns this year.
Thanks to generous donations from friends and neighbors, the fine art displayed in the church sanctuary showcases watercolor and oil paintings, high quality prints, and photographs. Vintage and decorative linens, as well as tools and small electronics are located at both ends of the Meetinghouse. The bakery with a tempting array of cakes, pies, cookies, and breads can be found in the church parish house.
At the Children’s Fair held in the Horsesheds, kids can play games to win prizes, decorate cupcakes, and find treasures to buy. And anyone can buy a ticket for a ride in a Model T. Tickets are still 25 cents, a price not changed for decades.
This event depends on roughly 100 volunteers to set up, sort, sell, park cars, and clean up. While the church’s congregation plans and organizes the Fair, two-thirds of the workers come from the wider community. Many local businesses and service groups contribute time, equipment, and money.
For information, go to www.firstchurchinjaffrey.org or call 603-532-7979.
Look around your home (including attic, basement, and garage) for “treasures” that are in good condition, attractive, clean, and in working order that we can sell in one of our many venues.
There will be three dates to drop off items at the Blackberry Lane entrance to the Parish House:
Tuesday, July 11 • 10-12 am
Thursday, July 20 • 1-3 pm
Friday, July 28 • 3-5 pm
The Annual Fair event depends on roughly 100 volunteers and the support of local businesses to set up, sort, sell, park cars, and clean up. While the church’s congregation plans and organizes the Fair, two-thirds of the workers come from the wider community. Funds raised help support more than one dozen local social service organizations and scholarships for Conant HS graduates.
For other Fair information, contact Bruce Hill at email@example.com or 508-280-9546.
So goes the old saying “Many hands make light work”! Many hands labor for the First Church Fairs, which also benefit our wider community. We are grateful to the many neighbors, community friends and roped-in ‘helpers’ who make the 106th FAIR at the First Church in Jaffrey possible! The FAIR takes place THIS WEDNESDAY, AUG 2ND from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Hot dogs on the grill or pick-up boxed lunches are available starting 12:30. COME, this is quite an experience…families center their reunions around it. Friends meet here from near and far. Prices are low and the quality is screened.
A COMMUNITY TRADITION SINCE 1916
Seeking treasures from old houses and seeking bargains inside the 1775 Meetinghouse is an exciting regional tradition for hundreds of shoppers. The Children’s Fair, by the 1810 Horsesheds, has hundreds of children playing games, winning prizes, and getting rides in a Model T Ford. The Fair draws roughly 100 volunteers, 2/3 from the wider community, who set up, sort, and sell something for everyone: plants and art to antiques, china, jewelry, household goods, small appliances, tools and baked goods.
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
More than half the net proceeds support more than a dozen local and regional social service organizations and college scholarships for Conant High School graduates. Groups receiving donations from the 2019 Fair proceeds were: Home Health Care Hospice & Community Services; Jaffrey Emergency Fund; Jaffrey Food Pantry; Meals on Wheels; Monadnock Adult Day Care Center; Monadnock Area Psychotherapy & Spiritual Services (MAPS); Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter; Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention; Monadnock Community Early Learning Center; Monadnock Family Services; Shelter from the Storm; Reality Check; Got Lunch; and Jaffrey Rindge Memorial Ambulance Service.